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Atlantis:   (description from Robbe catalog)                                                                                             FYI: New stuff gets added to the bottom of the page. Mostly.

semi-scale model of a two-masted schooner to 1:20 scale

The original vessel was built in 1935 and is a 92 foot long gaff-rigged schooner. The special sail arrangement on the boat makes her stand out from the more familiar ship types of her time, and for this reason she is of particular interest to the modeler. With a sail area of just on one square meter, distributed over several separate sails, and a streamlined hull with its characteristic extended keel, this imposing model offers an excellent performance and good maneuvering capability. Although the boat is quite heavy, the draught of the Atlantis is relatively small, so shallow in-shore waters present no problem. The multiple sails give the operator plenty of scope for trimming the model to suit different wind speeds just by lowering and setting individual sails. For light winds a Genoa is available. The boat features an ingenious tensioning mechanism which means that only one screw has to be slackened on each mast when it is time to transport the "Atlantis". All the shroud settings can be left unchanged.


Length: 55 in.
Width: 13.75 in.
Height: 69 in.
Scale: 1:20
Total sail area: 1370 sq. in.
Total weight: 33 lbs.
Main mast height: 56 in.
Draft: 9.5 in.



Over-Haul and Upgrade Page - 2005


The following pictures were taken during my build of the Atlantis kit, but I did not take notes or closely follow the different stages of construction as I did with my later build of the Valdivia.  I still remember some of the issues I had at certain points in the build and plan to add a page to here outlining them soon.


Someone had asked for more views of the inside, and since I was swapping radios anyway, here you go:

Here are some out on the water:


Update:    Fixed up some clips I had of the Atlantis on the water, merged them and made the file size a little more web friendly.

Atlantis Video

Atlantis on pond in Houston, calm day. 1Mb

(If clicking on the link fails to start the video in your browser, you might want to right-click and do a "Save Target As...")


 I had a issue with my original paintjob, you can see in the pictures just above, the white had turned a unpleasant yellow. Below is how it looks now after a recent repaint.


Some recent sailing pics - Jan. 2006


Weak Signals R/C Model Expo - 2005

I took my Atlantis to a large R/C show in Toledo, Ohio and managed to get 2nd place and win a nice Airtronics radio as well.  Very happy with how it turned out considering this is the first time I've shown it anywhere other then the pond!



Sept. 2006

My friend Steve in the UK, who was building a Atlantis for himself, mentioned that he found the Robbe manual a bit lacking when it came to describing how to do the setup at the lake.  The following is my attempt to answer that question for him:

"Ok, letís talk about the set up at the lake.

Iíve taken a bunch of pictures and Iíll be referring to everything using the names Robbe has in its manual.


First off, this CAN be done by a single (or even a married) person and even on a breezy day, provided you have the bow pointed dead into the wind, and youíre not easily distracted by the shuttering of the sails.


Second, the order Iím about to do this in is by no means the only way to do this, but it has stood the test of time and the elements for me.


Alright, letís start;


Once youíve found a good spot, preferably only a few steps from the water and on the ground Ė no park benches or picnic tables Ė you want to be able to reach the tops of the masts.  Next get the bow pointed into the wind, and have your tools with you, in this case I use a small short flat blade screwdriver; then dig out the Boom Foresail.   I have a little extra work to do, by making a electrical connection for nav lights before standing up the mast.


With the mast on its step, I attach the top shrouds to the fore hooks and the lower shrouds to the aft hooks.  Now during this step is a trick of mine that is dependent on how you took things apart at the house before setting out.  When you loosen the main Adjustor screw, try to loosen it only to the point where tilting the mast to the stern allows you to unhook the aft set of shrouds and then by just tilting it forward you unhook the fore shrouds.  I then reverse that at the lake, hooking the fore shrouds first, then if I have to let go of the mast for some reason there is enough tension to support it without it collapsing over.  Once both sets of shrouds are on, I tension the adjustor screw until the mast stands upright on it own.


I do the same for the main mast, (with it on my table you can see there is barely room for the screwdriver between the mast top and the ceiling :)


Next is the jib sail, there should be enough play in the fore mast to simply hook on the jib sail.


Next connect the masthead stay, and then the backstay lanyard. It should be tight but without deforming the masts.


Finally, the Staysail can go on, and after tightening the Stay lanyard (21.11) you should be ready to attach the sheets.


This is where Iíd switch on the transmitter and receiver and run the sheets to full in-haul, then do the sheet attachments to the booms.  Then after youíve dressed up the line ends Iíd say you were ready for the water! "